Herman “Manny” Ward

May 26, 1953 - August 9, 2013
Herman “Manny” Ward

Herman Manuel “Manny” Ward, age 60 of Wilmington passed away Friday, August 9, 2013.

He was born in Columbus County on May 26, 1953.

“Manny” was a member of Sumter Baptist Church in Sumter, SC. He was retired from Harris Teeter, his most recent position was Grocery Manager at the Ogden Store. “Manny” was a car enthusiast and has owned many different classic cars, mostly Chevrolet Corvettes. He enjoyed showing and competing in various car shows in the area along with his brother, Vonne. He was preceded in death by a brother, Francis M. Ward.

He is survived by his mother, Lenora Hardee of Sumter, SC; brother, Vonne Ward and wife Anna of Wilmington; his longtime companion, best friend and caregiver, Shari Murphy and children, Joshua Piatt, Mr. and Mrs. Eric Kafader, and grandchildren; aunt, Sarah Cochrane; nieces and nephews, Brandon Ward, Chasity Cass, Frankie Ward, and Belinda Ward; great nieces and nephews; a cousin, Franklin Fussell; and his beloved dog, “Hooch”.

Celebration of Life ceremony will be held 11 am Monday, August 12, 2013 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel. The family will see friends for an hour prior to the service. Burial will be at the Western Prong Baptist Church Cemetery on Highway 701 in Whiteville, NC.

A special thanks to the caring staff at Lower Cape Fear Hospice and also the special care given to “Manny” by Dr. Steven Hirsch.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his name to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1406 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401 or St. Judes Childrens Hospital.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • August 10, 2013
    Irene Parker says:
    Shari and Vonne, Tim and I are thinking about you during this time.Prayers are with you.

  • August 13, 2013
    ROBIE WRIGHT says:
    HEY FROM ONE CAR GUY TO ANOTHER R.I.P MY FRIEND

  • August 11, 2013
    Cathy and Dave Dunn says:
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. We have truly lost a great friend and wonderful gentleman and who loved Shari and the kids so much you were both and will always be soulmates! Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us everyday.

  • August 10, 2013
    Shari Murphy says:
    They say you can see inside someone's soul through there eyes, I not only saw Manny's soul through his beautiful "blues", I felt the warmth, loving, tenderness from within it...I Love Him with all my heart and will miss him always...may we all see through our pain of our loss, by keeping in mind our loss is his gain; for he is With God, and his Loved ones in a place beyond our imgagination where all is at peace..no pain..much joy and Love..God Bless us all, and embrace our Beloved Manny...

  • August 11, 2013
    Cathy and Dave Dunn says:
    We lost a truly great friend and wonderful man who loved life to the fullest even as Manny said us Northerner's. we will miss him deeply. Shari and the kids and family you are in our thoughts and prayers. Those we love don't go away, They walk bedside us every day.